Can family law order force someone to pay vehicle insurance?

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Family Law on May 27, 2019.

Court orders can accomplish many things. But can a British Columbia family law court order be enforced when it directs a vehicle owner to insure a vehicle that is to be transferred to a former spouse? The British Columbia Supreme Court ruled no after a separating couple were embroiled in a financial dispute over whether they were actually considered to be spouses. Although their trial is set for June, the issue of ownership and insurance on a van was brought into question.

The van was used by the man for his business, but the woman was listed as the owner and principal user of the vehicle. The couple came to blows over who was responsible for paying the insurance on the van. The woman said she would transfer the ownership to her former partner if he’s pick up the tab for the insurance, but the man said he just wanted to be named as he principal operator of the van, not the sole owner, nor did he want to pay for the insurance.

The B.C. Family Law Act was used to make a decision on the matter. The woman was ordered to add her former partner as the principal operator of the van and that he should have exclusive use and possession of it. It was also ruled that he would be responsible for the insurance, maintenance and debt associated with the van. But both sides interpreted the order differently with the man believing his former partner would be paying the insurance, upkeep and debt.

A British Columbia lawyer may be able to help a client to interpret family law rulings which are often complex and confusing. A lawyer can offer legal guidance and may be able to help his or her client to come to an agreement out of court. If an issue does head to court, a lawyer may be able to help a client through the process.

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